Wind direction vs. onshore/offshore

Discussion in 'Weather and Surf Forecasting' started by Mr. Remarkable, Jun 15, 2015.

  1. Mr. Remarkable

    Mr. Remarkable New Member

    Jun 15, 2015
    Does anyone know why offshore/onshore winds describe where they are going to (e.g., offshore winds blow from land to offshore) even though actual wind direction readings refer to where they are coming from (e.g., a N wind blows from N to S)?

    I understand what the terms offshore/onshore wind mean; I'm just curious why those terms are based on different logic than compass wind descriptions.

  2. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    They were conjured up in Bizarro World.

  3. sbx

    sbx Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    Strong first post.


    Sep 17, 2013
  5. sbx

    sbx Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    Sticky wax on the top, speed wax for the bottom. Obviously.
  6. Sandblasters

    Sandblasters Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
    i melt my wax and use it as lube for masturbation. wooohoooo
  7. ClemsonSurf

    ClemsonSurf Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    Mark, please see the attachment.

  8. Sniffer

    Sniffer Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2010
    How dare u question this logic.

    Keep your head down, do as you are told and don't you ever bring this up again.

    Offshores for life!

    Nice draw up Clemmy.
  9. Towelie

    Towelie Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    Right but isn't ocean always on the right?
  10. RhodyPedro

    RhodyPedro Well-Known Member

    Jan 24, 2012
    But Clemmy, what happens if you turn the drawing upside down? Or if you're in Australia?!!!!
  11. HighOnLife

    HighOnLife Well-Known Member

    Jun 3, 2014
  12. Peajay4060

    Peajay4060 Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2011
    He's waiting under a beach umbrella. That's funny
  13. cepriano

    cepriano Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    yea Clemson nailed far one of the top stupidest questions iv heard in a while on here.kind of self explanatory,

    ON-shore.doesn't get much simpler than that.

    where im at,and im pretty sure everywhere has a great ol American flag on their beach.if u flag is blowing towards water,its offshore,if its blowing towards the street u are driving on,its onshore.if the flag is blowing vertical,that means all time conditions in what I like to call vert-shore winds
  14. Towelie

    Towelie Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    You guys explain terribly. Not even once anybody mentioned a compass.
  15. cepriano

    cepriano Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    lol I have never used a compass in my life.maybe if I was sailing across seas in the 1300s it would be wise to carry.but to go on the beach with a compass lol,well idk how to respond to that lol
  16. Towelie

    Towelie Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    man I dunno how you surf then... next thing you gonna say you don't carry a thermometer to check water temps before deciding what suite to put on.... Mad man...
  17. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    When winds are offshore, you need to be off the shore... in other words, "not near the shore," as conditions are choppie and unsuiteable for surfboarding.

    When winds are onshore, you need to be, "on the shore," (or as they say in New Jersey, "down the shore") as conditions are ideal.
  18. rcarter

    rcarter Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2009
    Not if you are looking south
  19. Valhallalla

    Valhallalla Well-Known Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    Dude, I've been trying to use a compass for a while but I keep having trouble with the pointy end jabbing me in my thigh through my boardshorts. Is there one that is more suitable for riding waves on surfing boards? Also, what do you do with the circles you make?

  20. rcarter

    rcarter Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2009
    In all honesty it's because off shore is different at each break. Some breaks a west wind is offshore, some a north wind and so on. It's just easier to say off shore, on shore or side shore. Der!